Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (96)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I managed to finish two books this week but I suspect I could have finished more if I hadn't spent so much time watching my Downton Abbey DVDs! 

Books read:

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

I found this to be a very suspenseful read-not the sort of thing to read before you go to sleep if you are given to nightmares!

The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

I was surprised to find that I liked this companion novel more than The Vespertine.  Maybe it was the prairie setting or the romance but I just found it to be a pleasant reading experience.

Books reviewed:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Currently reading:

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

I read two more chapters in this interesting book and now am starting chapter four about life in service.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

I've just started this book but I have a feeling I'm going to like it. It takes place partially aboard the Titanic and deals with the life of a lady's maid. I am reading it for my Downton Abbey Reading Challenge.

What I plan to read next:

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

This is a book I've had since last spring but haven't read yet (though I've seen the movie) and it is my evening book discussion group's February pick so I will be reading it really soon.

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

This is my afternoon book discussion group February read and I've heard it is really good.  I may not get to it till next week.

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

I really liked The Violets of March so I am looking forward to giving The Bungalow a try. I love the cover! So nice and tropical and the opposite of the snow outside my window. 

I am a big fan of this series and since it will be published soon, I need to read my ARC!

What have you been reading lately?


  1. Lots of great book plans! I have Ripper too; I'm pretty excited that you found it nightmare-inducing. What does THAT say about me? Sheesh!

    I also have The Dressmaker on my TBR for this month; hopefully I can get to it soon!

  2. You have some great reading to come! enjoy them all.

  3. I can't wait for The Traitor in the Tunnel. The Agency is one of the few series I pre-order. So excited!!

  4. So excited for Ripper although I will probably be terrified-I'm such a wimp. I also have The Dressmaker to read, will probably be starting it tomorrow and I hope I enjoy it too. I love historical fiction and the cover so that's a good starting point.

  5. Water for Elephants is lovely and Ive been wanting to read Cutting For Stone
    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. Water For Elephants is so good and there is so much more in it than in the movie.

  7. Lots of cool covers! Hope your reading week is amazing!

  8. awesome! Water for Elephants and Cutting for Stone are great books! Hope you enjoy them.

  9. I've got Cutting for Stone awaiting me. And---since you reminded me---I need to get busy on our book club selection!

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  10. I'll be reading The Bungalow this week, too. Hope you enjoy your reading....


  11. Great books this week. I've heard great things about The Bungalow and have both that one and her other one on my tbr list. I loved Water for Elephants...hope you enjoy it.

    Have a great week and here's my It's Monday post.

  12. I feel like I am missing something not taking part in the Downton Abbey craze.
    Have a great week!

  13. I need to read or listen to Water for Elephants too :)

  14. Enjoy your books. I caught the flu on Wednesday. I spent much of the weekend in bed reading. Please come see what I've read.

  15. I just got Water for Elephants (book and movie). I have been wanting to read Cutting for Stone for so long. Enjoy your reads:)

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  16. A wonderful line-up of books, so many of the ones you've got listed are on my tbr pile or wishlist. Hoping to get to The Bungalow sometime soon :)
    Have a great week and happy reading!


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